NYC Anarchist Book Fair 2009 The Audacity of Hopelessness 12 April 2009 Judson Memorial Church
Presented by: Aragorn!
The history of ideas that has led to many anarchist ideas follow along lines of classic Enlightenment thought. Ideas like progress, rationality, and humanism are part of many, if not most, understandings of anarchist political thought. These ideas have led to much of the rationale for anarchist organizing, publishing, and activism in the past 100 years and the time has come for an audit. What form would such an audit take? What presuppositions are useful, clouded, or necessary? At the end of this process, we are not going to argue against all activity, or to argue for a new kind of puritanical activity that includes a dark room filled with books and no social life, but we have a stark assessment of anarchist activity. Are we primarily a group of active wishful thinkers, high-minded rhetoriticians, far left harried activists, disillusioned revolutionaries, or all of the above and more? Perhaps our project is an identity crisis. What if everything you are doing is wrong?
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